Pharmacist-led interventions cut cardiovascular risk factors

Pharmacist-led interventions in general practice can significantly reduce medical risk factors associated with cardiovascular events, a review just published online in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has...

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CMS to scrap low-cost benefit options

In a surprising move, the Council for Medical Schemes has announced that all Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBOs) used by low-income earners in the country...

Study provides insight into chronic kidney disease

Researchers have further analysed a known signalling pathway they believe brings them one step closer to understanding the complex physiology of patients with chronic...

Prompt payment, CON issues addressed by NHI’s Crisp

Practitioners will be paid in real time, no real need for a Certificate of Need, and services will have to push ahead without a patient records...

Home urine test for prostate cancer could revolutionise diagnosis

A simple urine test under development for prostate cancer detection can now use urine samples collected at home - according to new research from...

OPINION PIECE: The Marmite NHI

John Bercow, the recently-retired speaker of the United Kingdom parliament, was recently referred to by a reporter as “the marmite speaker”. The expression was developed,...

Immediate, shorter-term answers to current difficulties required: ASAIPA NHI Submission

A more immediate or shorter-term answer to the difficulties currently faced in the provision of healthcare must be prioritised, the Alliance of SA Independent Practitioner Associations (ASAIPA)...

More doom and gloom for NHI predicted as deadline for submissions...

With only a week left before the deadline for submissions on the draft National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill expires, South Africans are still no...

PCNS valuable ‘but poorly understood’ asset

The Practice Code Numbering System (PCNS), the number allotted to a supplier of a relevant health service as a practice number by an organisation...

Stents no better than drugs for many heart patients

Many patients with severe but stable heart disease who routinely undergo invasive procedures to clear and prop open clogged arteries would do as well...

Kidney stone formers have worse PCI outcomes

Patients who have a history of kidney stones are more likely to have adverse outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), new data suggest. Chao-Han Lai, MD, PhD, of...

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Diabetes tied to increased risk of hidden spinal fractures

People with type 2 diabetes are more likely than others to develop spinal fractures that sometimes have no obvious symptoms but are tied to...

Paving way for new doctors entering ‘daunting’ environment

The recent GP Expo at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, essentially a networking platform for healthcare professionals such as general practitioners, doctors, clinical leads and primary healthcare...

Today’s doctors and the fourth industrial revolution… *

Today’s doctors find themselves in a world characterised by digital disruption. Globally, healthcare costs are skyrocketing. This trend has been fuelled by ageing populations,...

Diabetes disaster looming in South Africa, global report shows

The number of adults with diabetes in South Africa continues to increase at an alarming rate with an estimated 4.5 million adults or 12.7%...

SAMA surveys perceptions and attitudes towards the NHI Bill

The South African Medical Association is conducting a survey to establish the perceptions and attitudes of our member doctors in relation to the proposed...